The Cape Verdean community has been present in New Bedford and Dartmouth for generations. However, very few people know the significance of Milton Street in Dartmouth’s local history.
The mile-long road was a destination for most immigrants moving to the area because of the presence of previously settled Cape Verdean families, who helped them integrate into American culture.
Preserving traditions, learning new ones, and caring for each other became shared experiences in the neighborhood, turning Milton Street into one big extended family.
Third- and fourth-generation Cape Verdeans — some still residing on Milton Street — met with The Light to talk about their memories and how their ancestors’ integration process led to an inevitable change in their Cape Verdean culture.